Santorum: Let’s face it, Fox News is shilling for Romney

posted at 3:40 pm on March 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Caller, a spicy hors d’oeuvre before the main course tonight in Alabama and Mississippi. You know what would have been useful here? Specifics.

Santorum: “Brian, look, I love you guys …”

Kilmeade: “No, you can feel the way you want, I’m just telling you, there’s no way I agree with that, and you’ve been on as much as anyone …”

Santorum: “I can tell you, we watch the coverage there, and look, you guys are allowed to cover what you want to cover — I can tell you we want to make sure a conservative is nominated, and we’re going to go out there and nominate on mathematics, we’re not going to focus on the process — ”

Kilmeade: “You don’t want us to add up delegates?”

Three possibilities. One: Fox is spending an undue amount of time on the delegate count, emphasizing that mathematically it’s almost impossible for Santorum to win. I haven’t watched much cable news lately but is that the sense our resident Fox-watchers get? If so, how much time is an undue amount of time? We’re more than two months past Iowa and a week removed from Super Tuesday. Time to start counting delegates, folks. Two: Maybe Santorum’s just a whiner. He’s complained before about Drudge being in the tank for Romney too, but in that case there’s at least circumstantial evidence to support it. In the case of Fox, what’s the smoking gun? Santorum was on “Hannity” just last night to dump on Bill Maher. Palin, the network’s most high profile contributor, is a Gingrich fan. Aside from the occasional Ann Coulter guest appearance, who’s supposedly shilling for Romney on FNC?

Three: Maybe he’s saying this for strategic reasons, using Fox’s “course correction” back towards the center last year to cast Romney as the choice of the Republican establishment’s favorite news network. But in that case, how to explain the trouble Romney’s had sporadically with the network?

Fox’s decision to allow Times scribe Jim Rutenberg into the building to confront the candidates in person [after a "Huckabee" candidate forum] threw campaign aides off guard, especially in the Romney camp, which went into “defensive mode immediately, insisting that the reporter stay far away,” as Rutenberg later wrote.

But the decision was just the latest example of what Fox head Roger Ailes recently called a “course correction” in an interview with Howard Kurtz of Newsweek. The Romney team’s debate-night tussle was the second embarrassing episode suffered by the candidate at the hands of Fox News in a week, after Bret Baier conducted a hard-hitting interview with Romney on November 29 that made news for several days. (After the contentious interview, Baier told Bill O’Reilly that Romney privately called his questions “overly aggressive” and “uncalled for.”)

What’s Santorum talking about? If Fox is guilty of being pro-Romney simply for calling him the presumptive frontrunner, then I’m “pro-Romney” too. And I’m not pro-Romney.


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I think Fox would love to interview Romney again. He could go on almost any time he wanted. I guess he doesn’t need to take the chance.

Lightswitch on March 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

He doesn’t have to appear on Fox. They’re doing his job for him.

Connie on March 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

What a stupid thing for Santorum to say. What’s the upside to that comment? The Fox Hating Base of Conservatives will support me getting Newt out of this race by hammering Fox about Romney?? It’s dumb. He needs to shut the hell up about how much money Romney is spending to beat him and pissing and moaning about idiotic crap like this. I think Fox has played all of this fairly down the middle, including going along with the inane period of this campaign when people thought Cain and Bachmann and Perry could ever be the President. They weren’t “pushing” Romney even then.

AYNBLAND on March 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Pretty soon we’ll see what we’re missing…we won’t have Dick Santorum to kick around anymore.

HTL on March 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Two: Maybe Santorum’s just a whiner.

There are no maybes about it. There are two things keeping PBHO afloat right now. They have names: Newt and Santo. Suck it up you crybaby and give up the nomination fantasy. America doesn’t want you and never will.

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

When will they realize that every candidate is a special snowflake?

Andrew D on March 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Here’s an example of the difference in campaign coverage on Fox between 2008 and 2012.

In 2008, every time Obama or Shrillary gave a stump speech, Fox broke off from its programming and covered them. Once the general got going, they covered all of Obama and McCain events.

In 2012, Fox rarely covers any of the Republican candidates’ speeches except on election nights.

Now, why would a supposedly right-leaning network cover just about every event for Democrats in 2008 but not give the same broad spectrum coverage to Republican candidates in 2012???

Do they possibly not want the viewers to find out about the candidates because it might ruin the “Mitt is inevitable” theme they push daily? If they really want voters to be informed, shouldn’t they cover all the candidates equally during the daytime hours?

I quit watching from 11 am to 1 pm and watch back to back episodes of Quantum Leap on G4 instead. And I’m a news and politics junkie. When it gets too much for me with the lefties and Romney-ites, it should be too much for anyone.

Greyledge Gal on March 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

In reading the comments, it seems many are confused about the difference between the amount of appearances Santorum has had on FOX and whether the hosts/guests on FOX shows are Romney supporters. One has nothing to do with the other. FOX has been on the Romney train for many months. Particularly: Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Meghan Kelly, Brit Hume, Bill O’Reilly, Dana Perino, Karl Rove, Larry Sabato, Lou Dobbs, most of the republican strategists, and I’m sure several more. However, the fact that Santorum has had face time on FOX does not mean that FOX is supporting him. Their interviews of him have a Romney-centric tilt. It really is quite obvious.

KickandSwimMom on March 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

No offense, but Fox is shilling for whoever leads in the polls. Why? Because they want viewers!

Santorum said the same damn thing about the Drudge Report. The guy is a known complainer.

CABE on March 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

KickandSwimMom on March 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

So Santo can’t compete in the popular vote. Can’t compete in the delegate count. Can’t compete in the media. Can’t compete in fund raising.

Sounds a like a whole lot of reason for this whining puppy to hang around.

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

In reading the comments, it seems many are confused about the difference between the amount of appearances Santorum has had on FOX and whether the hosts/guests on FOX shows are Romney supporters. One has nothing to do with the other. FOX has been on the Romney train for many months. Particularly: Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Meghan Kelly, Brit Hume, Bill O’Reilly, Dana Perino, Karl Rove, Larry Sabato, Lou Dobbs, most of the republican strategists, and I’m sure several more. However, the fact that Santorum has had face time on FOX does not mean that FOX is supporting him. Their interviews of him have a Romney-centric tilt. It really is quite obvious.

KickandSwimMom on March 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

BINGO!

And that horribly irritating DeDe Banke, who I believe is a paid contributor now since she is on every panel and focus group (Hannity, Megyn Kelly, etc) and trashes Gingrich and Santorum non-stop.

I was surprised at Doocy — I thought he was a real tea party supporter.

All those focus groups Kelly does are annoying. She treats the people who support anyone but Romney like they might have a few brain cells missing.

Greyledge Gal on March 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Santorum has to be the biggest crybaby and whiner in GOP presidential candidate history.

First, no one asks him questions in the debates, then he can’t get anywhere because of the Romney/Paul cabal, then the Drudge report is in Mitt’s corner, then he cries for Newt to drop out of the race, and now FoxNews is a Romney outlet.

Is Santorum himself to blame for anything?

DRayRaven on March 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Woody from Toy Story needs to get out ASAP with Newt, the fat, thrice married horndog, too

Woody doesn’t have a path to get the delegates…he is Mike Huckaphony redux

sick of Mark Levin shilling for Woody…Mark is wearing thin with the ant-Romney rants on radio and he knows deep down the Woody has no chance

at least Michael Savage is realistic. Romney will be our nominee.

nparga23 on March 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Maybe FOX is just smart enough to know WHO can win and who, CAN’T. It’s always amusing that the Santorum/Gingrich fans just assume that they know better than everyone else, and that “The Establishment” and the news media are SOOOOO stupid because they’re backing Romney- maybe they’re just smart enough to assess the race and see who has a better shot at beating Obama, and they can assess the beating that a Gingrich or a Santorum would take from the left and they prefer to go with a winner.

BettyRuth on March 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

DRayRaven on March 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Complaining has worked for him. He got asked more questions at debates. Ron Paul finally ran an ad against Romney once Santorum brought up his theory. Drudge is not quite as all Romney all the time as it was (and that was more to kill Newt, anyway). And if Gingrich would not be in this thing any more if Adelson wasn’t writing checks for him because Adelson doesn’t like Santorum.

Santorum has to sink or swim on his own but Fox should give him the chance to do it instead of telling us every 2 minutes about how there is no chance for anyone but Mitt. Santorum had a chance at the last debate and he didn’t use it so maybe he is more Reagan 1976 and we’ll see him again the next time there’s an opening. Most of my anger at Fox comes from it feeling like deja vu of 1980 and all the establishment complaints against Reagan. Look what we would have missed if there had been 24/7 news back then.

Greyledge Gal on March 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Santorum has to be the biggest crybaby and whiner in GOP presidential candidate history.

First, no one asks him questions in the debates, then he can’t get anywhere because of the Romney/Paul cabal, then the Drudge report is in Mitt’s corner, then he cries for Newt to drop out of the race, and now FoxNews is a Romney outlet.

Is Santorum himself to blame for anything?

DRayRaven on March 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Funny you write this here on an article that talks about Romney balling about a harder interview as well as Ricks honest feeling. Rick did not cry about it he just mentioned the fact. Romney was actually complaining about the interview being too tough and being “ambushed” on Huckabee forum. Why did he not think they might want to talk to him when he was there is he that stupid?

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Typical Statistical lie. Test everything until you find one Stat you like only publish that one.

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

LOL!!!!

I notice that you have no data/studies to refute it or to support your drivel. So you attempt to just dismiss what you can’t refute.

LOL!!!!!

Gunlock Bill on March 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Santorum has to be the biggest crybaby and whiner in GOP presidential candidate history.

First, no one asks him questions in the debates, then he can’t get anywhere because of the Romney/Paul cabal, then the Drudge report is in Mitt’s corner, then he cries for Newt to drop out of the race, and now FoxNews is a Romney outlet.

Is Santorum himself to blame for anything?

DRayRaven on March 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

He is even worse than Al Gore. That is how bad he is.

Gunlock Bill on March 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Maybe FOX is just smart enough to know WHO can win and who, CAN’T. It’s always amusing that the Santorum/Gingrich fans just assume that they know better than everyone else, and that “The Establishment” and the news media are SOOOOO stupid because they’re backing Romney- maybe they’re just smart enough to assess the race and see who has a better shot at beating Obama, and they can assess the beating that a Gingrich or a Santorum would take from the left and they prefer to go with a winner.

BettyRuth on March 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Yes, and if we’d all listened to George Will and the country club Republicans in 1980, our nominee would have been Jerry Ford redux or GHW Bush. May Jerry could have continued his WIN (Whip Inflation Now) campaign? Or GHW Bush could have unveiled his NOT voodoo economics plan which would have been soooo much better than the Laffer curve?

Greyledge Gal on March 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Hasn’t DRUDGE also called the November election for Romney?

PappyD61 on March 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I think we can all agree, that if Mitt Romney wins both Alabama and Mississippi then it would be over right. Mitt would be the presumptive nominee having won in all sections of the country and no more southern state problem (though there never was one (VA & FL).. Come on he wins both it is over right? Right?????

You know who you are.

Natebo on March 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

PappyD61 on March 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

If he’s smart.

MJBrutus on March 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

My husband stopped watching FoxNews coverage of the Republican primaries because he thinks they are too anti-Romney. Now he watches CNN (ugh). I think it’s a matter of one’s own biases, so yes, Santorum is a whiner.

drflykilla on March 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

FOX is slut.

jarhead0311 on March 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Dickie Sanctimonious crying in his sweater vest.

BO HOO!!!!

Gunlock Bill on March 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Greyledge Gal on March 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

You are so right, I hope Rick gets the nomination just to hear the lot of you explain the election results.

IlikedAUH2O on March 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

When will they realize that every candidate is a special snowflake?

Andrew D on March 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

LOL

Priscilla on March 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Funny you write this here on an article that talks about Romney balling about a harder interview as well as Ricks honest feeling. Rick did not cry about it he just mentioned the fact. Romney was actually complaining about the interview being too tough and being “ambushed” on Huckabee forum. Why did he not think they might want to talk to him when he was there is he that stupid?

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I might care if I were a Mitt fan. I’m not. But one thing I can’t stand is a whiney beta male like Santorum.

Honestly, I don’t like any of these candidates. I dislike Santorum most of all, but the other three also suck in varying degrees.

On the other hand, I’m also realistic and honest enough to admit that Romney will be the nominee. I fought against him in my own way, but druthers and wishes won’t change facts. Maybe Santorum and Newt fans should also get a clue.

DRayRaven on March 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Maybe FOX is just smart enough to know WHO can win and who, CAN’T. It’s always amusing that the Santorum/Gingrich fans just assume that they know better than everyone else, and that “The Establishment” and the news media are SOOOOO stupid because they’re backing Romney- maybe they’re just smart enough to assess the race and see who has a better shot at beating Obama, and they can assess the beating that a Gingrich or a Santorum would take from the left and they prefer to go with a winner. BettyRuth on March 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

No, no, no. The amateurs here know better than the professionals they watch every day. Santorum and Gingrich with all their private sector success and their executive experience are far superior candidates to Romney. Each of them is a known turn around artist. That is why Gingrich and Santorum have so much support from the Representatives and Senators with whom they served. Or not.

Basilsbest on March 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Fox is on in my house almost 24 save the prime time evening hours.

I disagree that the station is overly favorable to Romney.

For sure the station doesn’t give Romney a bad lean in terms of reporting but I don’t see any big favoritism.

At times I wonder if Conservatives who don’t like Romney, and few of us do, don’t tend to see even giving Romney a smile as overwhelming favoritism.

As I see it, Fox has been fairly even-handed with its treatment of all the GOP candidates.

patfish on March 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

They all suck. I’m voting for the most liberal sucker of them all. Go Rmoney!

Bmore on March 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Santorum may as well just give up. No one likes him. Everyone hates him. FOX News shuns him. His wife keeps winking at old men. Whoa is Rick, whoa is Rick.

I’ve always said the man is bipolar. But it now appears he’s bipolar with persecutory delusions. These mood swings of his are a real problem.

jan3 on March 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

News Corp’s owner Rupert Murdoch ENDORSED SANTORUM months ago.

Guess Santo didn’t know that, huh?

What a loser.

5 PM ET: NETWORK EXITS SHOW ALABAMA TIGHT; ROMNEY TAKES MISSISSIPPI… DEVELOPING…

DRUDGE POLLING DATA:

AL
ROMNEY 32.07%
SANTORUM 25.24%
GINGRICH 23.6%

MS
ROMNEY 33.55%
GINGRICH 24.62%
SANTORUM 22.15%

mountainaires on March 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Maybe Santorum’s just a whiner.

BINGO!

mountainaires on March 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

jan3 on March 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

That was hilarious- I needed a laugh like that!

BettyRuth on March 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Alot of Newt/Santorum fans are directing their anger in the wrong direction. They should be mad at the people who have actually voted so far in the primaries. Sorry to say, and what some fail to realize, it is the people who are speaking w/ their votes, not Foxnews, Drudge et. al. Geez, give people the benefit of the doubt. They see the writing on the wall-Obama needs to be ousted-Newt and Santorum haven’t a chance.

Static21 on March 13, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Their interviews of him have a Romney-centric tilt. It really is quite obvious.

KickandSwimMom on March 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Thats your opinion- not fact- Without FOX Newton Leroy would have been gone a long time ago. Santorum HAS ALWAYS been the least wanted and last ABR to get a shot and is frustrated with being a default candidate.

What is obvious is that when Richard gets emotional he either goes OWS or full on libtard and attacks FOX news. Your guy needs to realize their is maybe life after a run at the nomination if you don’t go postal on everyone in the process.

FlaMurph on March 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I think we can all agree, that if Mitt Romney wins both Alabama and Mississippi then it would be over right. Mitt would be the presumptive nominee having won in all sections of the country and no more southern state problem (though there never was one (VA & FL).. Come on he wins both it is over right? Right?????

You know who you are.

Natebo on March 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

You know that the headlines will be something like: “No Clear Winner”

Priscilla on March 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I have read posts on this forum saying fox news is shilling for every candidate. It all depends on your perception.

gerrym51 on March 13, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Want limited government spending?
Rick Santorum advises to vote for Ron Paul.

maverick muse on March 13, 2012 at 6:44 PM

No clue, dropped cable two years ago… don’t see any reason to go back.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

What’s Santorum talking about? If Fox is guilty of being pro-Romney simply for calling him the presumptive frontrunner, then I’m “pro-Romney” too. And I’m not pro-Romney.

How about having commentators who constantly fawn over Romney: Coulter, Rove, Krauthammer, Bollinger, Perino, Tantaros, Hannity, O’Reilly, Carlson, etc.

Stoic Patriot on March 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Who knew the Church Lady whined so much?

JohnGalt23 on March 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

This is slightly off-topic, but speaking about tv coverage, I see where C-span has teamed up with Politico to cover the election. I am disappointed in C-span for doing that, because I always liked their non-biased coverage. Now it just seems like all the rest of cable tv.

Paddington on March 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

mountainaires on March 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Problem with exit polls they are in the city mostly. Thus could undersample Santorum support.

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

We can argue back and forth all day about whether or not Fox News is in the tank for Romney, Santorum or Gingrich.

The problem is that Rick Santorum wants to be the Beta Male in Chief and he’s got the sweater fit that profile. People who complain and whine are not leaders.

Rick Santorum automatically fails in the leadership department. Leaders don’t whine when they’re losing or are behind in the race. They roll up their sleeves and fight harder.

Leaders don’t complain about their competitors and the advantages they have. Again, they just roll up their sleeves and fight harder or smarter.

Conservative Samizdat on March 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Drudge has called Mississippi for Romney …

I am not sure what it based on, but if it’s close in Mississippi, I will say he is a schill for Romney and won’t go to his site anymore…

MGardner on March 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Not a newsflash: He’s a freaking whiner. Some of us have noted this for quite awhile now.

Granted I’m not keeping a diary to track every appearance, but it seems to me Santorum and Newt get far more face time at Fox than Romney ,and I don’t recall much undue attention at all placed on delegate counts (not that any attention would be “undue” since it’s, like, you know, what matters).

Buy Danish on March 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

So when Romney bawls like a baby

After the contentious interview, Baier told Bill O’Reilly that Romney privately called his questions “overly aggressive” and “uncalled for.”

That is not crying.

But when Rick mentions that fox is shilling for Romney that somehow is.

Seems to me that Romneys bawling and refusing to be interviewed at the Huckabee forumn is the far greater sin. I doubt any here would defend his complaints about a hard interview. Some of Santorums have been far harder and I never heard him bawl like this.

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Dick Morris shills for Romney on Fox. Almost everytime he is on one of their shows he’s favorable towards Romney and last night endorsed him on Hannity.

Why won’t Romney go on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, or This Week with George Stephanopoulus? He won’t do tough interviews. What is he hiding?

Shelley2021 on March 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Seems to me that Romneys bawling and refusing to be interviewed at the Huckabee forumn is the far greater sin. this.
Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

What on earth are you talking about?

Buy Danish on March 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I might care if I were a Mitt fan. I’m not.
DRayRaven on March 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Whatever. You’re not fooling anybody.

Dunedainn on March 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Sanctimonious must still be losing.

galtani on March 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Like I said, whoever doesn’t think Fox News is shilling for Romney they probably enjoy bubble baths while listening to Clay Aiken and Lance Bass… stupid rino’s. If you take those polls seriously you’re a piece of garbage in my eyes. Don’t talk to me

apocalypse on March 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

What’s Santorum talking about? If Fox is guilty of being pro-Romney simply for calling him the presumptive frontrunner, then I’m “pro-Romney” too. And I’m not pro-Romney.

How about having commentators who constantly fawn over Romney: Coulter, Rove, Krauthammer, Bollinger, Perino, Tantaros, Hannity, O’Reilly, Carlson, etc. Stoic Patriot on March 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Hannity favors Newt and Santicimoniusfrothamentum over Mitt.

Basilsbest on March 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Fox is definatley in the tank for Romney… I suspect that that is why they went through that nasty process with Palin before they found out she wasn’t running. Also if you go to the front page of Fox online they have 1 great smiling picture of the pod person Romney and the other 3 they posted unflattering pictures of. Does Fox not think we can see through that? idjits.. If it’s Romney, I’m voting 3rd party.

CCRWM on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Why won’t Romney go on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, or This Week with George Stephanopoulus? He won’t do tough interviews. What is he hiding?

Shelley2021 on March 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

He’s afraid he’ll be tricked into giving an answer which would reveal that he’s a long-standing progressive. He doesn’t think on his feet all that well, and when he’s taken by surprise with a question he doesn’t like or doesn’t want to answer – he gets snippy. Being in the format you mentioned would put him at too great a risk of being snippy – and those independent voters he wants would not like “snippy”. They want someone who will flash a smile and make them feel like schoolgirls. They’re interested in the upcoming opponent of Barry only because they’re disinfatuated with their messiah-come-lately and want him gone – change!

Any who consider themselves to be “independent” at this stage of Barry’s national ruination spree simply haven’t been paying attention. And if they haven’t been paying attention to all the he!! he’s been loosening the past 3 years, they don’t deserve to vote.

GGMac on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I haven’t watched much cable news lately but is that the sense our resident Fox-watchers get? If so, how much time is an undue amount of time?

I don’t know I stopped watching all news when I finally stopped watching Fox a year ago…I’m all online news now… mostly Legal Insurrection and FreeRepublic. I come here everyday but don’t read the comments past the 1st page anymore and sometimes not even that much because the trolls are uncontrolled here. It’s very frustrating to read fights among the same people everyday every post…answering someone clearly paid to come on to annoy harrass divert and distract…

CCRWM on March 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Seems to me that Romneys bawling and refusing to be interviewed at the Huckabee forumn is the far greater sin. this.
Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

What on earth are you talking about?

Buy Danish on March 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

From the article. After the Huckabee Forumn

Fox’s decision to allow Times scribe Jim Rutenberg into the building to confront the candidates in person [after a "Huckabee" candidate forum] threw campaign aides off guard, especially in the Romney camp, which went into “defensive mode immediately, insisting that the reporter stay far away,” as Rutenberg later wrote.

Seems very thin skinned of Mitt and Mitt was the worst. An actual case where all were in the same situation. That is the greater sin IMHO.

But feel free to disagree with me on these I do not feel either were crying. Just saying that Mitts actions come closer than Santorums.

These candidates are in very difficult positions. You can say that FNC is not favoring Mitt but they absolutely do not give Santorum credit for doing as well as he is on a shoestring budget. It is very very rarely mentioned. But at the same time they constantly remind us of every Mitt positive. To me that is Shilling. Now it is also human nature to root for your guy. So I do not blame FNC for Shilling it will happen naturally when most of your people support one Candidate. It is darn near impossible to find conservative people and they are now bringing S E Cupp and a couple of others from GBTV. So they are trying.

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I am disappointed in C-span for doing that, because I always liked their non-biased coverage.

Paddington on March 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I think you forgot the sarc/ tag.

Buttercup on March 13, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Beck is all santorum all the time. Have you ever heard Romney whine about that?

Bambi on March 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM

First, no one asks him questions in the debates, then he can’t get anywhere because of the Romney/Paul cabal, then the Drudge report is in Mitt’s corner, then he cries for Newt to drop out of the race, and now FoxNews is a Romney outlet.

DRayRaven on March 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I hear Vegas is running odds on what he’ll whine about next.

Buttercup on March 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Four: Maybe he’s saying it because it’s true. And I’m no fan of Santorum either, believe me.

I really only watch Fox in the mornings anymore, but unless Bolling is filling in, it’s a Romney love-fest for the entire three hours. And it’s been that way since the fall so I don’t think it has anything to do with delegate count. They’re just in the tank for him is all. I don’t know why, but they are. And I couldn’t give you specifics either, I just know I bristle a lot of the time at the way things are presented on Fox & Friends. They lurve Romney and it’s pretty obvious.

NoLeftTurn on March 13, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Guess who’s on Greta – wait for it – Rick Santorum! He’s on Greta every night. Sarah Palin’s there too!

Philly on March 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Let me get this straight, azzwipe, if I think romneycare is a sociolist then I’m for Obama.

Question for you sh*thead, is romneycare socialism!

Tough question huh, d*ckface!

Danielvito on March 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

You Obama lovers sure are a classy bunch. You’re not fooling anyone liberal.

Buttercup on March 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Refusing to be interviewed after the Huckabee forum is wee bit different from saying he refused to be interviewed at the Huckabee forum.

Buy Danish on March 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Santorum may sound whiny, but I have noticed a bit of favoritism from Fox toward Romney. It may be because I only have it on as background noise during the day sometimes, but when I pay attention to whoever on Fox talking about Romney it reminds me of that giddy schoolgirl, tingle up the leg sort of enthusiasm that isn’t there when they discuss other candidates.

Just don’t tell me I need to watch MORE Fox. I won’t. I only watch/listen during the day because I can’t stand the pompous asses on at night, rehashing the days news in opinion format with really irritating and predictable talking point addicted guests.

Wolfmoon on March 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

At first I thought Santorum was just talking about Bill O’… When he had Romney on he had his cheerleaders tights on… And then with Santorum he tried to get him to walk in to some traps…

But by watching Bret Baier tonight.. It might be broader then that… Bret seems to be at a wake tonight… That’s the vibe he is putting out…

Y314K on March 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Lame impersonation of Newt. So he attacks FOX.

Does being a jerk disqualify you?

Kilmeade: “I will say this, Mitt Romney’s people respond when we request, and we’ve been requesting you on this show for three months minimum, and we’ve gotten nothing but, ‘Yeah, we’ll see,’ which blows me away.”

Read more on Newsmax.com

IlikedAUH2O on March 14, 2012 at 2:58 AM

If it’s Romney, I’m voting 3rd party.

CCRWM on March 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I still don’t know with certainty what I will do in that voting booth this November. Right this minute I know there’s no way in hell I’d vote for Slobama any more than I would vote for Obama. Can my white-hot hatred for that Marxist POS drive me to vote for someone I know will only be one percent less awful than him?

swinia sutki on March 14, 2012 at 6:19 AM

I would bet quite a bit of $ that if someone wanted to take the time to code FoxNews journalist comments, it would show very clear biases for or against certain candidates. As a personal observation (obviously different from any real qualitative or quantitative analysis), FoxNews was biased in favor of McCain and Huckabee and against Romney the last time around. This time they are very clearly pro-Romney and anti-Gingrich. I think they’ve been pretty neutral on Santorum. The worst offender is Carl Cameron, but many of the regular journalists/commentators on FoxNews have demonstrated these biases. I think if AP would look at the entire election cycle, instead of just the past few days, it might become more clear to him.

davenp35 on March 14, 2012 at 7:52 AM

All Rove does on FOX is shill for Romney at least. Not a very neutral “political analyst”, is he?

Sherman1864 on March 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Fox News has clearly been biased for both Santorum and Gingrich of late, but have not favored Romney at all over the last 6 months or more!

lhuffman34 on March 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Did anyone notice how Drudge was shilling for Romney yesterday, before the votes came in? The website did their own poll and were convinced that Romney won and were confident that the results would be accurate because they claim they did polls in other states and were proven right. It looked to me like they were trying to influence the outcome of yesterday’s elections.

Decoski on March 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM

While I haven’t watched Fox in ages due to ditching satellite, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear Fox pushing for Rino Romney, as everything I’ve been hearing and seeing on the net and elsewhere is that Fox has been shifting from conservative to establishment Republican. Having said that, I can say for CERTAIN (since some have mentioned it) that Drudge (God bless him for all he’s done over the years) has DEFINITELY been shilling for Rino Romney.

Romney will look like an utter asshat trying to defend his Romneycare, while trying to make the case that Obama’s socialized health care takeover (modeled after Romney’s) is somehow bad. As most people know, repealing Obamacare is JOB #1 if we are to save our country. Furthermore, you add to that the FACT that Romney has stated time and time again he wants to play footsies with Obama the radical thug communist, as opposed to being the ferocious, vicious attack dog that ANYONE going against Obama will need if they are to stand a chance. Rino Romney/McCain 2.0 WILL NOT BEAT OBAMA. Don’t mistake me-if he’s the nominee I’ll get behind him just like I did the first McCain, but it will be for nothing in the end.

I also find it interesting how many polls show the combined percentage of Santorum and Gingritch running neck and neck with Romney. That illustrates pretty clearly to me that if one would drop out (Newt, it’s time) in all likelihood the other would get most if not all the remaining “anti-Romney” votes, and have a DAMN good chance at beating Romney. Romney wants to keep his mouth shut about Obama. remember McCain doing that with Jeremiah Wright et. al the first time around? Yeah how’d that work out?

SANTORUM 2012!!!!

dave_ross on March 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM

While I haven’t watched Fox in ages due to ditching satellite, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear Fox pushing for Rino Romney, as everything I’ve been hearing and seeing on the net and elsewhere is that Fox has been shifting from conservative to establishment Republican. Having said that, I can say for CERTAIN (since some have mentioned it) that Drudge (God bless him for all he’s done over the years) has DEFINITELY been shilling for Rino Romney.

Romney will look like an utter a$$hat trying to defend his Romneycare, while trying to make the case that Obama’s socialized health care takeover (modeled after Romney’s) is somehow bad. As most people know, repealing Obamacare is JOB #1 if we are to save our country. Furthermore, you add to that the FACT that Romney has stated time and time again he wants to play footsies with Obama the radical thug communist, as opposed to being the ferocious, vicious attack dog that ANYONE going against Obama will need if they are to stand a chance. Rino Romney/McCain 2.0 WILL NOT BEAT OBAMA. Don’t mistake me-if he’s the nominee I’ll get behind him just like I did the first McCain, but it will be for nothing in the end.

I also find it interesting how many polls show the combined percentage of Santorum and Gingritch running neck and neck with Romney. That illustrates pretty clearly to me that if one would drop out (Newt, it’s time) in all likelihood the other would get most if not all the remaining “anti-Romney” votes, and have a DAMN good chance at beating Romney. Romney wants to keep his mouth shut about Obama. remember McCain doing that with Jeremiah Wright et. al the first time around? Yeah how’d that work out?

SANTORUM 2012!!!!

dave_ross on March 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

This is exemplary of why I can’t support this guy. Quit complaining about fairness. He sounds just like Obama.

His personality grates on me.

totherightofthem on March 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM

From the Romney supporter point of view, Fox runs file footage, whines that Romney won’t come on, disses him, is more critical of him, and have not asked Santorum the same questions over and over, like they hear the answer last time, and then ask Romney how he can win when people think Romney care and Obama care are the same thing.

If the standards were the same, Rick, they would ask Newt every time they see him, how he can win, when in October, Bill Clinton will lead the charge, on how could he put him thru impeachment when he was doing the same thing at Callista’s apartment? and for Rick, they would ask him, How can you be For Unions AND for Right to Work? No one else gets that luxury.

Rick is a whiner or some here say cry baby. It’s a character flaw.

Fleuries on March 14, 2012 at 9:03 AM

This is exemplary of why I can’t support this guy. Quit complaining about fairness. He sounds just like Obama.

His personality grates on me.

totherightofthem on March 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Look, we can all say things like “we hate whiners” but the truth is-Santorum has some valid claims here, and I don’t blame him for finding it disgusting. Our country is at stake here dammit! We’ve seen this game before in 2008, and it gave us Obama. The independents-at least not enough of them, will not be convinced enough to pick Romney over Obama for a myriad of reasons-not the least of which is Romney’s persistent failure to show the American people what a RADICAL Obama is!

dave_ross on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

dave_ross on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Sick of hearing about the lousy economy?

Rick will make us forget the economy.

Rick is gonna be so busy crying and preaching and hiding his sex problem that people are gonna forget the economy.

IlikedAUH2O on March 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

dave_ross on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Here’s the problem as I see it, Dave: Santorum turns too many people off. I am a constitutional conservative. Not a socon and I am not alone when I say that Rick Santorum’s demeanor is off-putting. My family and friends (all constitutional conservatives) feel the same way.

I’m not giving Romney or Gingrich a pass on the whining thing, though I can see where I would give that impression, being incomplete in my statement. In this season if idiocy, perception is reality and if Santorum’s personality screams cry-baby that’s what people will see. Let’s not forget that we have the LSM to reinforce that image.

I’m not a Romney shill. I preferred Gingrich, warts and all, but when he complained and when Romney complained I cringed. What they don’t have going against them is the “halo” factor. No one loves a saint. (There’s a reason they get martyred.)

I’ll admit I may be irrational on this point, but I can’t get past it. Unless I have to in November. Then, as difficult as it may be at that time, I’ll vote elephant for president.

totherightofthem on March 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I’m not giving Romney or Gingrich a pass on the whining thing, though I can see where I would give that impression, being incomplete in my statement. In this season if idiocy, perception is reality and if Santorum’s personality screams cry-baby that’s what people will see. Let’s not forget that we have the LSM to reinforce that image.
totherightofthem on March 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I was more leaning towards Newt for the longest time-simply because he’s even more aggressive than Santorum. But he’s been in third place a bit now, and the woman vote could be a big problem with him as well. As for the state run communist media? If we as a country are that stupid to let them dictate our candidate to us yet again like they did with the first McCain, they we deserve our miserable decent into communism. The state run media had been in full Romney promotion mode for a long time now, but that should be no excuse. We should have leard our lesson last time.

dave_ross on March 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Santorum has some valid claims here, and I don’t blame him for finding it disgusting

Exactly, just as he has been able to tap into a generous vein of conservative discontent with the Republican establishment he has also noted that many of us are becoming more and more uncomfortable with the direction Fox News appears to be headed towards…Santorum clearly has his ear to the ground as opposed to many of the nitwits who post here and have their heads in another part of their anatomy…

ironmarshal on March 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Ann Coulter the Establishment’s Water Bottle Holder

apocalypse on March 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Santorum has some valid claims here, and I don’t blame him for finding it disgusting
dave_ross on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Exactly, just as he has been able to tap into a generous vein of conservative discontent with the Republican establishment he has also noted that many of us are becoming more and more uncomfortable with the direction Fox News appears to be headed towards…Santorum clearly has his ear to the ground as opposed to many of the nitwits who post here and have their heads in another part of their anatomy…

ironmarshal on March 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Amen to that, Gentlemen. I am taken aback by the utter hatred and name-calling that many of you so-called conservatives have stooped to against Santorum. Really? You’d think that this was a liberal site from the vitriol spew.
Try to remember, folks, we don’t vote for a president because of the way they make us “feel”. (think Chrissy “tingles” Matthews) We’re voting for someone to step up and deal with our pending issues. It’s sad that so many of you are focusing on the whine/crybaby/religious aspects and not on his message. If you’ve been listening instead of judging, you would hear that, although he stands fast in his faith and beliefs, he’s not interested in telling people how to live their lives. For the most part, once someone becomes pres., we hardly pay attention to them or have to hear from them (unless your talking about Jackass-in-chief who’s narcissism commands it).
And yes, most of our FOX commentators have jumped on the Mitt train, sadly. Those of you that believe the meme about him being the only one that can win have fallen into the trap. Wake up and pay attention, people!

soulmate on March 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Funny how he doesn’t say anything about Glenn Beck’s 100% Santorum all the time! He whines because he doesn’t have enough money, he whines because someone supports someone else, he is just a whiner and I don’t like to even look at him when he does. Can you imagine a president who whines at the congress (well, I guess we have one now)all the time?
BTW, if you want to know about our 0b0z0 health scare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=HcBaSP31Be8&vg=medium

Bambi on March 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I think we’re probably all biased at this point. I do find it interesting that all the newsies (Fox, ABC, NBC, etc) spend a lot of time expressing their biases rather than providing much in the way of facts.

They spend a lot more time on their ‘answer’ than on understanding the ‘question’. Don’t forget, they mainly want to increase the amount of advertizing dollars they bring in, and will broadcast whatever helps the income to increase.

dahni on March 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Hey, Brit Hume, whom I really used to admire, and now Dick Morris ARE schilling for RINO Romney (aka Obama-Lite)!!! It’s getting so, I change the channel whenever they’re on. For the life of me, I just don’t understand how they would promote removing the present Jackass (their party’s symbol) LIAR-In-Chief with the (R) version!?! (see “what Really Happened to the Gingrich Ethics Case?” by Byron York, Townhall.com, 2/6/12) Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name) LIED, and LIED, and LIED about Gingrich ALL over Iowa and Florida, and this is the LIAR that Hume and Morris are pushing???

Colatteral Damage on March 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

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